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post #11 of 34 Old 05-02-2008, 12:46 PM
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I think you only have like a 5 hour window for stitches before old skin starts to die off.
There is some short time frame for stiches...maybe as much as 24 hours??...you may not have the option of doing stitches now..just keep it clean and let it heal. Depending on the shape and make-up of the wound the vet might not have stitched anyway.
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I agree with tim.
He is in a stall right? What about tieing him up for a bit, and give the cut a chance to heal. In the mean time, just keep applying the fly repelant, and try to keep it clean.
he isn't in a stall, and the only time he is one is if I'm taking him up. He's a weaver and though he sometimes weaves in his pasture, his weaving is 100% worse in a stall. So I don't want him to wear his hooves nor do I want him to get back into thinking a stall is a horrible place.
It took 3 months for him to be able to stay in a stall quietly without me fearing for my life if I was in there with him.
He's happier outside also.

Also, yes it's on his jaw so I can't wrap it anyways.

It's fairly deep...but not like hugely deep....I'd say he went down a good 2-4 layers of his skin. I'm sure it looks worse than it is...and I having a weak stomach doesn't help haha.

I've been putting Hydrogen Peroxode on it, then applying SWAT to it to keep the bugs off. Then I put some bug lotion all over his face so I don't have to worry about flys too much.

Yes, the fly mask is off, and is going to stay off forever...he'll have to suffer muahahaha

I'm not picking at it nor taking any scab off of it. If I see some dirt or icky stuff in it I'll use a tissue and take it out gently if I can get it without taking off whatever scab is on there...if I can't get it, it just stays there. I cover the whole area with Pink SWAT (he actually looks good in pink haha...don't tell Sonny I said that ).
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I think you only have like a 5 hour window for stitches before old skin starts to die off.
There is some short time frame for stiches...maybe as much as 24 hours??...you may not have the option of doing stitches now..just keep it clean and let it heal. Depending on the shape and make-up of the wound the vet might not have stitched anyway.
okay if that is the case then he's not getting stitches...the cut more than likely happened on Thursday (last week) and I found it on Sunday...I know it at least happened on Saturday though cause a lady said she found the fly mask off of him on that day.
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Oh, & if you can't get him to wear a fly mask lol maybe use a fly sheet?

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Oh, & if you can't get him to wear a fly mask lol maybe use a fly sheet?
he flys don't really go towards his body...just his eyes. I'm going to put the bug spray lotion on once a week (supposedly it lasts for a week) and see if that helps...if not, then he'll have to suffer. I'm upset at him as it is cause the fly mask cost me $23
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Poor pitiful Sonny... His mommy took his fly mask away.... teehee (I had to do the same with one of mine last summer...)
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Dab some War Paint around his eyes.
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I would stop using the Hydrogen Peroxide. It will slow the healing process, while it kill bad bacteria it also kills the good bacteria need for healing.

Clean with water and then use something like neosporin or polysporin. Top off with the swat if you want.
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Definitely quite using peroxide--it does very little for disinfecting and is in fact harmful to living cells. So it doesn't clean the wound and slows healing by damaging/destroying the cells that are trying to move in to close the wound.

You should clean the wound with a betadine or chlorhexidine solution diluted so that it has only a very slight color. Than apply a plain triple antibiotic oinment to the wound. Talk to your vet about getting a bit of stretch netting which would allow you to actually keep the wound covered.

It is possible to suture a wound even days after it occurshowever contamination of the wound, wound size, location of the wound, etc all are factors in determining whether or not closure is a good idea.

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I only used Peroxide once to flush out dirt (he rolled)...Is SWAT just a bug repelent or does it also help heal a wound?

When/how would I tell if the cut has gotten infected? It doesn't seem sensitive to touch or anything, and usually that is a sign of infection.

It's still been bleeding a tiny little bit, but not too much....
Is it best that I let nature heal it and just put the SWAT on so to repel the bugs...or would it be better to apply some healing stuff on it.
Usually with Sonny, myself, and my other animals I'll let it heal naturally and put as little ointment on it as possible...but I don't know if that's particually good or not for it.

My vet is coming Tuesday for shots so I am defiantely going to have to take a look at it (that is if Sonny will behave...he hates his vet with a passion ).

What creams do you recommend that will keep flys away and heal?
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